Raw Food Reset (Day 10-12) and Final Thoughts

Ah ha! I did it!  I actually loved every day of this ‘reset’.  I did it for 12 days overall, and while I may have veered off the raw path here and there, I have pretty much stuck to clean, healthy eating, sans meat, wheat and dairy.

The summary:

  • I’ve lost 7lbs
  • Feel fantastic
  • Have much more energy
  • Sleep better at night
  • More focused at work
  • More productive at work
  • Less sluggish in the gym
  • Ran my first 5k in a very very long time
  • Enjoy running (more than before) because I am mentally able to focus better
  • Don’t crave junk food
  • Don’t eat anything processed anymore
  • REALLY enjoy eating raw, vegan, and now prefer that most of my meals are raw
  • Dramatically reduced bloating
  • Reduced my alcohol intake
  • Have started dehydrating my own food (veggies and fruit) for nutritious snacks
  • Have been turned on to a whole new world of really yummy vegan raw food

In a nutshell (hehe that’s vegan and raw) I am super happy with my new eating an exercising habits. I am loving how I feel and want to continue this new lifestyle.

I’ve had a great time blogging about it as well, and it has helped keep me on track. In the next few weeks I’ll post updates about all the new fun food stuff I’m dehydrating and eating!

If anyone has any awesome raw, vegan or vegetarian recipes they’d like to see, or SHARE, please leave a comment!

Raw Food Reset Day 8 & 9

These posts are getting boring! I’ve been eating the same damn thing for daaaayyysss. Some how not getting tired of it, except for the tart.  I’ve had it three days in a row and today I think I just had enough of sundried tomatoes and hummus.

We hit up the spin class last night.  It wasn’t as successful as I hoped it would be.  The instructor played ONE track the whole time.  She did the same drill, over and over, without any rhythm. At one point she incorporated jumps, sets of 2, then 4 then 6.  None of it was counted or to a beat, so the whole class was up and down up and down up and down… well you get the idea… all over the place.  She looked up at us 4 times in 25 minutes. I had no clue what was going on, and I’m a spinning instructor!! It was definitely not the ideal first class for B. I will go back to the gym but I’ll try another instructor.

I have eaten the exact same thing the last three days.. only difference being dinner:

Breakfast: mixed frozen berries with cashews, banana

Snack: grapes, kiwi

Lunch: sundried tomato tart and mixed green salad

Snack: apple

Dinner: Tuesday I just had an avocado, tonight I had yam noodles with miso sauce.

Nothing more than that to report. I have some cooked carrots and parsnips for lunch tomorrow because that’s what the famjam had tonight with a roast for dinner.  I am out of salad, peppers, broccoli etc. So I will have to get a salad at work.

I really meant to go for a run tonight, but I am SO tired I just couldn’t do it after I ate dinner at 7:30. I’m going to look for vacations for Xmas and head to bed. Hoping I can get to the gym early tomorrow AM and run on the treadmill and do some weights. Here’s hoping!

Have a great night peeps!

Raw Food Reset – Day 1

I’m in need of a system reset. I’ve been eating well, exercising, but equally drinking and snacking on chips. Counteracts all the goodness I’ve been working so hard on. SO… I decided to go raw vegan for a few weeks to reset my system.  I used to eat a few vegetarian meals a week but since we’ve acquired our house guests, that hasn’t been happening. I feel like I need to get back to that.

Yesterday I spent the afternoon prepping and washing a bunch of veggies that I bought for the week.  I am keeping it simple, but tasty. Nothing like shocking your system and being hangry. I don’t do hangry well, so I need to keep myself interested. It’s not only for my benefit, but also for the public’s well being too.

The Goods

No dairy, no meat, no wheat and no alcohol.  Vegan, raw options only.

I can do this.

I downloaded the DO EAT RAW app from iTunes this week and decided on a few recipes to make. I also did some poking around on the ‘net and planned some snacks that are easy and quick. The first ‘meal’ is a raw collard spring roll/wrap. I’ve had them before at random farmers markets and loved them so I wanted those for lunch. I also wanted a chickpea salad (which is SUPER simple and delish and versatile for lunch/dinner -Thanks Snack Girl- I even like the raisins in it) and lots of greens (spinach, kale, collards) .  My go-to snack is raw broccoli and crunchy almond butter. So so good. For dinner options I plan on making a raw gazpacho type cleanse soup and cauliflower ‘rice’ bok choi boats.  I also stopped off at the apple farm and picked up a HUGE bag of organic Russet apples. They are a fall apple, just picked a few days ago. They have a dark skin that resembles a potato, and you wouldn’t think they are an apple at first glance. Sweet, crunchy and satisfying.

So far so good. I went for a quick run after work, and felt great.

Here’s what I ate today:

Breakfast: Organic banana, kiwi

Lunch: raw collard wrap with almond cream, green salad topped with chickpea salad

Raw Collard Wrap

Moroccan Chickpea Salad

Snack: assorted veggies (broccoli, cucumber, red pepper) dipped in almond butter

Almond Butter

Dinner: leftover salad from lunch with zucchini ‘pickles’, half an avocado, raw pumpkin seeds, raisins and balsamic/dijon dressing

Washing it all down with a big green tea then heading to bed. Cheers to another day of healthy eating!

Run baby run

Spinning Playlist July 2013

It’s a weee bit late, but that’s okay, right? I used this playlist in one of my July classes and it was so much fun to ride. There are some fun old school songs and some great newbies in there too. This is a tough ride, with a fun upbeat rhythm. It of course, has my favourite tabata workout snuck into the middle.  There is no active recovery built in, however if you want to use track #9 as recovery then go for it.

I hope you enjoy this ride as much as I do!

July 12 2013

  1. Love rollercoaster, Ohio Players – Warmup 4:50
  2. Let’s Go – Calvin Harris – to the beat, hills on chorus 3:54
  3. Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke – (happy) standing climb to rhythm entire song 4:23
  4. Sweet Nothing – Calvin Harris- Alternate every 30 seconds between seated flat and standing flat.  Keep HR up! 3:25
  5. Get Lucky – Daft Punk – seated climb increase 1/4 turn resistance every 1 min 6:10
  6. The Fighter (feat. Ryan Tedder)—Gym Class Heroes (3:49) Start in a seated Climb.  At 1:30 turn it into a standing climb
  7. Don’t Stop the Party (feat. TJR)—Pitbull (3:26)  Standing flat with jumps on the chorus
  8. TABATA TIME! 4:20
  9. Atlas Genius – Trojans – ride to the beat, you pick the resistance 3:36
  10. Thrift Shop – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – hard climb to the beat ¼ increase every 30 seconds 3:56
  11. Steamworks – 2 min seated climb, finish 2:36 standing climb: 4:36
  12. Dog Days are Over – Seated Flat to flush out the legs 4:13
  13. Hold On – Cool Down on the bike 3:45
  14. Master Blaster – Cool Down Stretch off the Bike 4:50
  15. You are the sunshine of my life – cool down stretch off the bike 2:55

Benefits of a Spinning Workout

I have a long love affair with spinning. I am a huge advocate of it and endorse it as much as possible to friends, co-workers and gym buddies.

A friend once said to me, “I don’t know about it, I’m not into someone screaming at me while I workout”, or something to that effect.  Basically, I get the feeling that everyone thinks that a spinning class is a torture chamber where you’re chained to a bike and screamed at for 45 minutes.  Although I have been in classes where the instructor yelled things like “HEAD DOWN, DO NOT LOOK AT ME, MOOOOOVE IT!!!”, but that is not the norm. In fact, most spinning classes are up-beat, fun, cheerful and pumped with wicked awesome music. You certainly won’t hear me screaming like that instructor did to me, but that’s ’cause that’s just not how I roll.

If you have never tried a class, I strongly encourage you to go. It’s the one class where you can go at your pace (contrary to what people think), you can set your own resistance, and can experience a totally different workout than you’ve ever had before. Here are some of my top reasons to hit up your nearest spin class.

1. Burn Baby, Burn

In a 45-minute class, I burn on average around 450 calories. A 60 minute class kicks that up to 600 calories. Depending on the type of drills you do in the class, that can skyrocket to upwards of 700 calories. Tabata type drills really help increase the HR and catapult you to a whole new level.

2.  Progress at Your Own Pace

The greatest thing about spinning (other than the burn) is that you can progress at your own pace. You can set to a lower resistance if you’re just beginning and ramp it up as you go. If you’re a seasoned rider, you know that you can crank the resistance up and really work it. Either way, you decide what kind of workout you want.

3. Time Flies

Seriously. 45 minutes goes by SO quick. You won’t even notice how long you’ve been on the bike because you’re having so much fun.

4. The Music!

Time flies because of the music. I spend a lot of time creating my playlists. I really enjoy creating them and each song moves nicely into the next. I remember one spin class felt like 15 minutes, all because of the instructor’s coaching and music. It was awesome!

5. Mental State and Strength

Spinning is one of those workouts where I personally, can really push myself. It’s totally all about your mental state. Some days are good, some are bad.. but when I’m having a bad day and really not up to working hard, I realize it’s all about my mental strength. When the right song hits, it moves me. Pumps me up and I can get into a zone, pushing myself. I close my eyes, let my body relax, take a deep breath and push even harder. Spinning is a great way to push your mental strength. I always tell my classes, you have more to give then you think. Dig deep mentally and you will produce!

The Best Spinning Playlist I’ve Ever Made

Hi folks!

I’m baaaaack 😉 It’s been a fun couple of weeks, sorry I have been away.  I have been busy busy packing, moving, unpacking, cleaning and organizing.  While not all of it was fun, it was for a great cause, our new HOME. We are slowly settling in, and getting back to our daily/weekly routine. Ahh, how I have missed that.

I didn’t have the opportunity to take any time off following the move, as I had been asked to teach 3 spin classes while the other trainer was out on vacation. I was thrilled. I love when I get asked to teach. It`s seriously the BEST thing ever. I got certified so I could teach so I take every opportunity I get!

I will admit I was a little unorganized before my first class last Monday as we had just moved and I couldn`t find my laptop so I used a previous playlist. It was still a great class but I knew I could come up with something better if I just had more time.  So on Thursday night, in preparation for my Friday AM 1hr spin class, I took four hours to sit down and put together a workout that would really make everyone sweat.

I REALLY love this one, and I know you will too. The class raved about it, loving the tunes and the exercises. I also make a point to let the class know where we’re going in the workout. I stay engaged and communicate a lot through. If we have Tabata coming up in 7 minutes, I let them know so they are aware of how much energy to reserve for that set. I also let them know where the recovery piece is so they can gauge. There’s nothing worse in my mind, when you’re doing a hard cardio workout and you don’t know how hard to push it and how long to push it for. I appreciate that when I’m a participant so I give that to my classes.

Enjoy friends! Let me know if you use this for your workout and if you do, how you like it!

Total time: 1 hour

April AM Playlist

April AM Playlist2